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I've got an old Eee PC 701 4G with the following specifications:

  • 512 MB RAM
  • 4GB SSD drive SM223AC
  • 8GB SD card extension
  • Screen resolution: 800 x 480
  • BIOS Revision 1101 (05/16/2008)
  • EC Firmware version: EPC-079

Windows XP SP3 works fine on it, but I decided to switch my OS to Ubuntu.

I have downloaded an Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Remix ISO and wrote it to my FAT32 SD card using Universal-USB-Installer-1.8.3.3, as described on ubuntu.com

  1. During standard load from the SD card the boot process hangs up with black screen.
  2. If I'll press F6 while preloading Ubuntu, it sucessfully displays the boot menu, selecting language and showing 2 main commands: "Run ubuntu from USB drive" and "Install Ubuntu". Selecting either of these commands leading to the same result - after some background work the main loading indicator is displayed ("Ubuntu" text with dotted progress bar under it), and it's progressing forever without any effect.

Is Ubuntu 10.10 compatible with my Eee PC at all? How to boot it correctly?

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I am not familiar with this world at all, but I was sick and tired of not being able to load anything on that piece of crap Xandros distro, so this is my first foray into Ubuntu. I had a usb card reader and a micro sd card which I used for the install and had a heck of a time - no matter how I changed the boot order, I couldn't get it to run the trial or anything. Here's how I got it to work - I ejected the SD card, inserted the usb reader, held down the ESC key, and then turned the computer on. Holding down the ESC gave me the option to choose my boot device, whereas nothing else would. Maybe the problem you are having is trying to run it from the SD card slot. Get a card reader and try that! Good luck!

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Thanks, Jim. Seems the problem with hanging really was with the built-in card reader. I have found a pen drive and wrote Ubuntu ISO on it using the same method with Universal-USB-Installer, then held Esc key during boot and selected USB device. But the other problem came - Ubuntu loads only in text mode, "startx" command cannot start Gnome. Seems it cannot understand the non-standard resolution 800x480. So I tried a few other distros and have founded EEEbuntu. It works fine, but a little bit outdated (I've got the version of 2008 year), so I'm waiting for Aurora distro to be released. :) –  Andrew Feb 24 '11 at 6:18

Ubuntu 10.10 hang on boot on many asus laptops: read here

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hmmm... Maybe Asus has some hardware protection from other linux distros except the Xandros? :) –  Andrew Feb 26 '11 at 20:55

I had the same problem installing Ubuntu 10.1 Netbook Remix on my Asus EE PC 701 4G using the "USB Universal Installer" from pendrivelinux.com. In my case I was installing it on a 16GB USB drive but it would hang on boot up with the ubuntu boot text prompt before producing the blank screen. I did however have success installing Ubuntu 11.04 using the same installer. It all works fine. Also see this link relating to eee-pc installation of Ubuntu 11.04

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